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Pioneer who lead fight against discrimination in the Fire Department has died

Arnett Hartsfield Jr. a Retired Firefighter and Attorney, who helped lead the fight against racial discrimination in the Los Angeles Fire Department, died October 30th at the age of 96.

Hartsfield wrote  “The Old Stentorians,” a book about the history of African American firefighters in the City of Los Angeles.

He joined the department in 1940 and retired after […]

By |November 5th, 2014|Black Ribbon, Blog, News|0 Comments

Memorial Held For Pioneer Black Firefighter

Paul Orduna was the first black assistant chief in the fire department. He died October 5th at the age of 85. Rob Schmitt reports

By |October 29th, 2012|Black Ribbon, Blog, News|0 Comments

Memorial Services to Be Held For Los Anglese City FIre Departments First African-American Assistant Chief

LOS ANGELES, CA – Memorial services will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 1 p.m. for Los Angeles City Fire Department’s first African-American assistant fire chief Paul Orduna, who passed earlierthis month on Oct. 5at the age of 85. The services will take place at the African-American Firefighter’s Museum located at 1401 Central […]

By |October 24th, 2012|Black Ribbon, Blog|0 Comments

Mothers Of Black Firefighters Killed On 9/11 Fight To Keep Their Sons’ Memories Alive

The years haven’t much eased Irene Smith’s pain. Some days are good, she says. Some less so. But her son, Leon W. Smith Jr., is always on her mind.

It was Leon Smith’s dream to become a firefighter, Smith said. Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., the family lived right across the street from a firehouse. She […]

By |September 11th, 2011|Black Ribbon|0 Comments